National Security and ISR Division

National Security and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Division
National Security and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Division

National Security and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Division undertakes internationally-recognised research and development into technologies aimed at enhancing the national capability to produce accurate, relevant and timely actionable intelligence for both Defence and national agency decision makers. 

The research spans the range of advanced sensing and sensor processing through to the design of information integration architectures and the development of advanced analytics for high-level human/machine information fusion and the automated extraction of meaningful content from disparate data sources.

The division focuses on the needs of the Defence, intelligence and national security agencies. A key responsibility involves science and technology advice on air surveillance (particularly the Jindalee Operational Radar Network and the Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control Aircraft), multi-sensor fusion, threat assessment and surveillance capability assessment. Another key area is imagery systems with an emphasis on imagery collection, exploitation and dissemination for existing and emerging systems.

The division’s research activities for the rapid dissemination of strategic intelligence, data-mining to extract new intelligence and the application of web-based technologies contribute to enhanced situation awareness and decision-making by transforming data to knowledge.

The division also spearheads Australia’s science and technology (S&T) program in support of national security.

Capabilities of this division

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Radar technology systems / Signal processing and propagation / Geophysical phenomenology and performance assessments
Strategic systems analysis / information architectures / Data and information fusion
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Language technology and fusion / Human and social modelling and analysis / Analytic interaction / Multi-intelligence analytics
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Advanced geospatial intelligence exploitation / Biometrics / Radar processing and exploitation / Electro-optic processing and exploitation
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Cyber security / Intelligence exploitation / Border security and management / Preparedness, protection and incident response / Investigative support and forensics
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Microwave radar systems / Surveillance modelling and analysis / Signatures and phenomenology